invest billions in social programs but impact is uncertain
Together 100 of
the world’s largest companies reported social investments valued at over
USD 12.2 billion in 2013, according to new research published by
The KPMG study
reviewed corporate reports issued between 2012 and 2013 by the 10 largest
global companies in each of 10 industry sectors. It found these 100 companies and their associated
corporate foundations invested, on average, the equivalent of 2.5 percent of
their pre-tax profits in programs to tackle social and environmental
challenges such as access to education, healthcare and disaster relief.
However, only 20
percent of these companies reported any quantified metrics for the impact
of the programs they fund and only 32 percent of companies reported a
detailed investment strategy.
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